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Politics Writer — The Atlantic

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What Every Activist Can Learn From Scrappy Gay Marriage Advocates — The movement for gay marriage is one of the most successful issue campaigns of the last several decades, having convinced the American public-and the Supreme Court-that an issue once considered ridiculous was a matter of basic rights. So it's no wonder that a lot of causes, particularly on the left, now want to copy the effort.

Wisconsin’s Scott Walker Is Running — Wisconsin's Scott Walker Is Running With guest host Jane Clayson. And Walker makes it 15. Fifteen Republicans running for the White House. We look at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's record and his prospects. Plus, a close read of Hillary Clinton's big economic policy speech. Guests Craig Gilbert , Washington bureau chief for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Robert Moses Defends Cities in the Age of Suburbs — The man who modernized New York angrily takes on critics and suburbanites in a 1962 essay. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > You wouldn't have liked Robert Moses when he was angry.

Hillary and Barack's Tussle Over the Cuba Question [Steve Clemons] — US-Cuba relations are not high on the roster of priorities for many Americans, and yet small moves in the terms of that relationship could have enormous political consequences. Recently, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama did battle over what their policies would be towards Cuba if elected President.
Jul 01, 2015

Hillary Clinton was apparently against normalizing relations with Cuba before she was for them h/t: @kalpenn…

50 politicos to watch: Top tweeters — A Tampa native who attended The George Washington University, Wilson, 47, was a Florida field director for the 1988 presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush, then served as a political appointee in Bush's Defense Department under its secretary, Dick Cheney.

The Wedding Sting — How a police department tried to save a failing Rust Belt town by luring all the local drug dealers to one party There was a drug deal going down that night in rural Michigan. It was September 4, 1990, just after sunset in the town of Owosso, population 16,360.
May 12, 2015

RT @TheAtlantic: The incredible story of a fake wedding, a group of drug dealers, and a police sting

May 12, 2015

Williams reached into her garter and felt for her revolver. "Let’s have some fun."

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John Roberts on Campaign-Finance Reform, Williams-Yulee vs. Florida Bar, and Citizens United — The chief justice's bold stance in a judicial-elections caseoffers Congress a chance to curtail fundraising. Roberts's critique is compelling when applied to judges, and even more powerful when applied to Congress.
May 07, 2015

RT @TheAtlantic: Justice Roberts's opinion on judicial fundraising offers a roadmap for campaign-finance reform

May 07, 2015

Interesting. Perhaps things will start to change...John Roberts's Roadmap for Campaign-Finance Reform @TheAtlantic -…

May 07, 2015

Don't hold your breath: Justice Roberts' stance on judicial elections as roadmap for campaign finance reform.…

May 07, 2015

John Roberts Offers Politicians a Chance to Stop Begging for Cash

Supreme Court Weighs the Constitutionality of Lethal Injection — At oral arguments Thursday, the Supreme Court debated whether some means of taking a life are too cruel for the state to employ. Is it constitutional to execute people by burning them at the stake? What if they are anesthetized first? The Supreme Court mulled this macabre question during oral arguments Wednesday in the case Glossip v.
Apr 30, 2015

My latest, on yesterday's oral arguments: What Makes a Method of Execution Constitutional?…

Apr 30, 2015

RT @fordm: My latest, on yesterday's oral arguments: What Makes a Method of Execution Constitutional?…

Harry Reid Retires From the Senate — Nobody ever thought Harry Reid would retire, and that includes Harry Reid. Not long ago, when a reporter for CQ Roll Call asked him what might happen when he left office, Reid retorted, "If I drop dead?" He added, "I mean, I will someday. It's just a question of if I do it while I'm here."
Mar 27, 2015

I wrote a little Harry Reid retrospective on the occasion of his retirement announcement.…

Mar 27, 2015

RT @mollyesque: I wrote a little Harry Reid retrospective on the occasion of his retirement announcement.…

Mar 27, 2015

.@mollyesque on Harry Reid is the best thing you will read all day (and probably Saturday and Sunday too)…

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Koch Brothers and Criminal Justice Reform — Here is the thing the Koch brothers wish their critics understood: they just want to help people. "Everything we do is designed to help people improve their lives, whether you're talking about our business or our philanthropy," Mark Holden, the senior vice president and general counsel for Koch Industries, told me recently from his office in Wichita, where the multibillion-dollar international manufacturing conglomerate that Charles and David Koch inherited from their father is headquartered.
Mar 03, 2015

Their critics say the Kochs' interest in criminal justice reform isn't sincere--but does it matter? @mollyesque

Mar 03, 2015

Do the Koch brothers really "just want to help people," at least on criminal justice reform? @mollyesque reports.

Mar 05, 2015

"Various tentacles of the Kochtopus have been involved in criminal-justice issues for about a decade."…

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Jul 31, 2015

RT @FaceTheNation: With the first GOP debate around the corner, who will make the cut? We'll discuss Sunday with @DanBalz @reihan @mollyesque @ron_fournier

Jul 29, 2015

RT @maggieNYT: Asked about Trump criticisms of him, Perry says, "Let's get a pull up bar out there and see who can do more pull ups.

Jul 29, 2015

RT @jpcoolican: Special legislative session likely as Gov. Mark Dayton seeks to address walleye shortage at Lake Mille Lacs

Jul 29, 2015

@jpcoolican That has got to be the most Minnesota thing ever.

Jul 29, 2015

RT @lindseyweber: “I’m not surprised that Michelle is attracted to him. She loves books. She reads almost every day!”…

Jul 29, 2015

She is so good MT @GlennThrush: Great, great, great @hbottemiller food safety investigation gets @CJR love.…

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